Inspiring Blogger Award!

Thank you SO MUCH to Susieshy45 for nominating my blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Please visit her blog at: I’ve seen awards on other bloggers sites and never expected to find one on mine. I’ve only been at this for about a month,  and I’m so happy to be blogging and meeting so many other bloggers. My world becomes more expansive as I read what others have to say. When accepting the award the rules state that you thank the blogger who nominated you, share seven facts about yourself and nominate 15 other bloggers.

Seven facts about myself include:

1.  I enjoy reading and have a predisposition to non-fiction that reads like fiction.  I am also deeply interested in spiritual writers. My favorite book is probably The Little Prince.

2. I’ve worked in health/human service professions most of my life, but I love fashion and Project Runway because it is fun to see what the designers create! (Make it work!)

3. I’m inclined toward adopting rescued animals and foundling animals. We have cats and dogs. (My husband is a saint to have put up with this character trait of mine)

4. I have four children.

5. I love listening going to and CDBaby to listen to all sorts of music.

6. Although I will probably never walk the actual Appalachian Trail, My walking goal this year is to walk the equivalent number of miles which is 2,168.1.

7. In these sorts of lists I am tempted to borrow a line my friend Alan used to say he wanted to put in college applications. “I was born at the age of three.” I think a sense of humor is really important and I try to be the first person to laugh at my own foibles.

The fourth and most important rule is to nominate 15 other amazing blogs on their blog to let them know you nominated them, Here are my nominees.

1. Only 100 Words  I really enjoy this blog.  The stories are always different, fun, surprising and they make me think.

2.Did you make that? I used to sew alot and have recently gotten back to it.  Lots of ideas and help on this blog.

3. The Whispering Pen.  Nicole writes beautifully and has a thoughtful question at the end of her blog.

4. Sharon’s blog.Beautiful words and pictures. Sharon really puts her heart and soul into this blog.

5. Attenti Al Lupo  An interesting point of you and wonderful pictures.  Takes me out of my own life and into the lives of others I might not know.

6. The Little Novice. I really enjoy the look and feel of this blog.  It cheers me up and cheers me on.

7. Beautiful Objects. It is like window shopping. Lots of ideas and some how-tos. Stylish and fun.

8. Miss Understood. “Confused, Unsure, Unclear, Perplexed.” Visit her pages and see what she says.

9. Runner with a blog. Like her Saturday tips and tricks among other things.

10. My Very Own Blog.    Music for driving? Hospital food v. pub food? Writing about any number of things, something interesting for anyone.

11. Sixty, Single and Surviving.  I appreciate reading her response to daily writing prompts.

12. DIY and Home Beautiful, practical and unique ideas for decorating.  Inspiring

13 DIY Crafts. From Jewelry to recipes something for everyone who loves to create.

14. Eat This Poem.  Lovely pictures, enticing recipes and words to devour.

15. The Millennial Pastor. For those interested in Christianity, this blog has lots to offer/ think about.

Thanks to those who read,  subscribe, lurk, browse and blog. Thanks also to Michelle and Jeremey from Blogging 101 who helped me create links when they would not work!

Gratefully Inspired,


Reblogged from Susieshy45

Trying something new

February 21, 2015 1 Comment

The Blogging 101 exercise tells us to try something new. I managed to find out the post format button of the yoko theme and am trying ” Quote” where I would like to share a poem I read on networking.
Decide to Network

Decide to network
Use every letter you write
Every conversation you have
Every meeting you attend
To express your fundamental beliefs and dreams
Affirm to others the vision of the world you want
Network through thought
Network through action
Network through love
Network through the spirit
You are the center of the world
You are a free, immensely powerful source
of life and goodness
Affirm it
Spread it
Radiate it
Think day and night about it
And you will see a miracle happen:
the greatness of your own life.
In a world of big powers, media, and monopolies
But of six billion individuals
Networking is the new freedom
the new democracy
a new form of happiness
Written by Robert Muller

Getting By with a little help…from an unexpected source

Dear Layla,

The Reverend is busy snooping on someone’s computer (!) I tried to break into her thoughts, and help her to reconsider such behavior. She is hiding behind the lame excuse that she could better assist if she had all the information to help someone that they aren’t ready to share. I keep trying to remind her that she doesn’t need to be perfect or control the universe, but she so wants to help others. She is unable, at this time to display any kind of moral fortitude. Sadly, today I find her weak and way too curious about stuff that she should know she has no business rooting around in. I’m trying to be understanding with her because she started back on her diet today, and there are all manner of tasty goodies here for her family. Perhaps when you reply you can give her a gentle talking to. Under other circumstances I find her easy to talk with but today I can’t engage her in conversation.

Since I’m all knowing I figured I’d help her and you by responding to your e-mail.  Besides, I know you’ve felt estranged from me over the years and I want you to know that even when you felt farthest from me and when your life was at its worst I was always watching over you. I knew you were strong but your proposed letter to Qays  is one of the most poignant and touching letters I’ve ever read. It confirms your strength, capacity to forgive, and willingness to move ahead.

All your life, whether you know it or not you have been working on becoming the tremendous woman that you are. I’ve watched in wonder at your growth over the past year.  Whether you know it or not, you’ve taken leaps and bounds with seeming ease and with great grace.  You
risked your heart when Qays walked backed into your life and you’ve rightly identified that it is this risk that is making you whole.  I always knew you were one of my most brilliant children, a star that lights up the lives of so many.  No matter how harsh things have been for you,
I can see by this letter that you haven’t allowed experience to harden your heart.  On the contrary, you’ve let it soften you and open you to the teachings contained in the good and the bad that you have encountered.
Many are never able to incorporate this paradoxical lesson into their lives. This alone should have you walking on clouds for a long time.

Perhaps the greatest strength of your letter is your ability to explain the purpose, express your needs and yet create no obligation for Qays. This is a gift of redemption and grace that you give to both yourself and to Qays. These words speak of my Holy Spirit being alive in the
world through your thoughts and words and actions. I know you have felt at times that you could not find me, but I am present in your embodiment. You, and others like you are reminders that my spirit lives in the world whether I am called Buddha, Allah or God. You are blessed
my dear child and you are a blessing to so many.  The only change I’ve made to your letter is through the miracle of spell check which suggests that over-analyze is hyphenated. Otherwise I wouldn’t change a thing.

Eternally Yours- if you want to find me,


P.S. I’m sure the Rev. will be back in touch soon. Have faith in her, I do.